Natalia Vodianova & Justin Portman Separate (PHOTOS)

06/24/2011 10:22 am ET | Updated Aug 24, 2011
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

After months of rumors and talk of estrangement, Natalia Vodianova has officially split from her husband of nine years, reports the Evening Standard Magazine.

The news came buried in a longer profile on the 29-year-old Russian model, who has three young children with husband, billionaire Justin Portman. Natalia confirmed the separation, telling the writer:

"It's really sad. It has been a while. We didn't want to talk about it. We still don't. Our children are very much aware of it. It's OK. We're still in a very sensitive position right now, and trying to do things as amicably as possible, so I wouldn't want to talk about it at all. I don't think I ever will want to, because it's strictly between my husband and me."

Gossip started swirling as far back as last August when Vodianova and Portman's marriage was said to be "on the rocks" by a Russian newspaper. The mommy-model was later seen stepping out with Scott Douglas, whose close friendship with Vodianova had precipitated his own divorce from British artist Tracey Emin, according to the Daily Mail.

Interestingly, Natalia also told the Evening Standard Magazine that she harbors romantic feelings for someone else, responding "Yes, definitely" when asked if she is in love. However the story doesn't name Vodianova's current flame, simply confirming that it is not Scott Douglas.

Take a look at Natalia and Justin in happier times:

Check out this video for a bio of Natalia: